1, The Republic of Yemen
The Yemeni total score was 25.9, which is actually up from 25.7 in 2007. However, Libya has slightly risen in democratic principles, thus dropping Yemen into the bottom spot.
2, Syrian Arab Republic
The Syrian total score was 29.5, which dropped slightly from 30.1 in 2007. It's getting less free in Syria.
In 2007, Libya had the most repressive 'free' nation on the Earth. By 2012, the Libyans have clawed up four percentage points, from 25.5 to 29.6. The result was rising two ranks.
Stepping out of the Middle East now, as Togo gained a total score of 34.6, up from 31.9 in 2007.
5, Republic of Guinea-Bissau
The Bissau-Guineans had a total score of 35.1, down from 36.3 in 2007. They dropped three places in the ranks during the past three years.
The Chinese have barely moved since 2007. They had a total score of 36.9, up minutely from 36.2. China also dropped one place in the overall rankings.
The Pakistanis have risen two places in the ranks, with a total score of 37.1. This has climbed up from 33.5 in 2007.
8, Arab Republic of Egypt
The Egyptians have also risen two places in the ranks. Their total score was 37.1, up from 33.5 in 2007.
Not much movement for the Nigerians. They had a total score of 37.4, up from 36.3 in 2007.
The Haitians moved up a whole percentage point, but it wasn't enough to stop them slipping two places in the ranks. This is Haiti's first time in the bottom ten. Their total score was 39.7, up from 38.1 in 2007.
Please note: Freedom House changed the status of Yemen, Syria, Libya, China and Egypt to 'not free' during 2010 and 2011. Therefore the data from these years denotes 'virtual scores'.